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QANTAS News July 2011

31st July 2011 - VH-OEI returns to Sydney.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEI returned to Sydney today as QF6022 from Guangzhou following maintenance in China.

31st July 2011 - Dash 8 VH-LQD arrives.

A new Dash 8-Q400 was delivered to Sunstate Airlines at Canberra today. The delivery registration was C-GJFZ and this aircraft is expected to become VH-LQD

30th July 2011 - VH-QPA Tokyo Delay.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPA operated QF21 Sydney - Tokyo Narita (depart Sydney 29th July) arriving into Tokyo this morning but was unable to operate the scheduled QF22 return today due to a technical issue. The flight will operate the flight as QF22D on 31st July.

30th July 2011 - VH-OJQ QF128 Hong Kong Delay.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJQ arrived into Hong Kong as QF127 from Sydney but a technical problem prevented operation of the return QF128. Passengers were accommodated overnight and the flight will operate at 1900 on 31st July.

29th July 2011 - VH-VZP Enters Service.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZP entered service today operating QF410 Melbourne - Sydney.

28th July 2011 - VH-OJP QF30 Hong Kong Delay.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJP operating QF30 London Heathrow - Hong Kong - Melbourne (depart London 27th July) was unable to continue on time from the Hong Kong stopover due to a technical problem. Passengers were accommodated overnight at the aircraft was able to depart on the morning of 29th July.

27th July 2011 - VH-OEG QF17 Santiago Diversion.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEG operating QF17 Sydney - Buenos Aires diverted to Santiago due to airspace restrictions around Buenos Aires due to ash. Crew then went out of hours in Santiago so the flight will be on the ground for 24 hours before continuing on to Buenos Aires on 28th July. Passengers were eventually accommodated overnight having been kept on the aircraft in Santiago for over two hours.

26th July 2011 - VH-QPJ QF81 Melbourne Diversion.

Airbus A330-300 VH-QPJ operating QF81 Sydney - Adelaide - Singapore departed Sydney around four hours late. The aircraft tracked direct to Adelaide but around 2/3 of the way through the trip diverted to Melbourne. After 35 minutes on the ground in Melbourne the flight continued to Adelaide and is expected to reach Singapore with a delay of six hours.

25th July 2011 - QF1 Delay.

QF1 Sydney - Bangkok - London Heathrow has been delayed until tomorrow morning. It appears that scheduled aircraft Boeing 747-438 VH-OJU had a technical problem. The flight will be operated as QF1D by VH-OJG turning around immediately after arriving on QF2 .

24th July 2011 - VH-VZP on Delivery.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZP began its delivery flight today as QF6024 routing Boeing Field - Honolulu (overnight) - Nadi - Melbourne.

23rd July 2011 - A330-300 Swaps.

With two A330-300s in Adelaide this morning VH-QPE, from the diverted QF773 yesterday operated QF81 to Singapore. VH-QPB, from the QF82 from Singapore went forward to Perth as QF8773, the continuation of yesterday’s diverted QF773. The delayed QF67 Perth - Hong Kong was operated by VH-QPH which arrived into Perth late yesterday as QF78 from Singapore.

22nd July 2011 - Perth Fog Diversions.

Fog in Perth caused QF773 Melbourne - Perth operated by A330-300 VH-QPE to divert back to Adelaide with a Melbourne - Adelaide flight time of four hours 15 minutes. The flight will continue as QF8773 on 23rd July.

QF569 Sydney - Perth operated by Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGG diverted via Kalgoorlie where it re-fuelled but did make it into Perth over seven hours after departing from Sydney.

19th July 2011 - VH-OJL V-Pods back to Sydney.

Having been fitted with a new #3 engine as ferried to Johannesburg by VH-OJN, Boeing 747-438 VH-OJL departed Johannesburg tonight position to Sydney as QF6020 with the failed engine in the V-Pod position. The flight route will go very close to Perth in case a fuel stop is required. In the event this was not needed and the flight operated non stop.

10th July 2011 - VH-OEI to Guangzhou Maintenance.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEI positioned Sydney - Guangzhou for maintenance tonight as QF6021.

10th July 2011 - VH-OEF QF108 Brisbane Diversion.

QF108 Los Angeles - Sydney (depart Los Angeles 8th July) operated by Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEF diverted via Brisbane this morning. The fact that the flight was being operated by an ER 747 and other flights were operating into Sydney with no problems suggests that there was a medical issue.

8th July 2011 - Former VH-OGB leaves Australia.

Former QANTAS Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGB, wearing new registration N362CM, departed Sydney for Male, Maldives and Tel Aviv as Air Transport International flight ATN103. The aircraft will undergo freighter conversion in Tel Aviv.

7th July 2011 - Aircraft For Sale.

In an indication of the withdrawal schedule four QANTAS aircraft are listed for sale. Three Boeing 747-438s  are advertised for sale by ALLCO Finance Corporation.

VH-OJG is available from September 2012.

VH-OJH is available from October 2012.

VH-OJJ is available from April 2013.

Additionally Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGF is listed for sale and is available from September 2011.

7th July 2011 - Boeing 737-800 VH-VZP rolled out.

Boeing 737-800 VH-VZP has been rolled out in full livery at the Renton flightline.

6th July 2011 - One-off QF19/QF20 re-route.

Due to the Lebaran festival QANTAS will increase Indonesia capacity on two days by re-routing the QF19/QF20 Sydney - Manila services. On 25th August QF20 will operate Manila - Jakarta - Sydney and on 3rd September QF19 will operate Sydney - Jakarta - Manila. Both flights will be operated by Airbus A330-300s.

4th July 2011 - VH-OJO Wallabies Decals.

Boeing 747-438 VH-OJO which has been at the Sydney JetBase since 28th June has been fitted with green and gold decals fitted supporting the Wallabies in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The decals cover most of the length of the fuselage which has had the normal QANTAS and Spirit of Australia titles removed. The kangaroo on the tail is also now carrying a green and gold rugby ball.

4th July 2011 - VH-OJH QF63 Perth diversion.

With ash present on the Southern route to Johannesburg QF63 Sydney - Johannesburg operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJH diverted via Perth for fuel.

3rd July 2011 - VH-OJP QF63 Perth diversion.

With ash present on the Southern route to Johannesburg QF63 Sydney - Johannesburg operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJP diverted via Perth for fuel.

2nd July 2011 - QANTAS Strike off as Tiger is grounded.

Planned industrial action set for Monday 4th July by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association has been cancelled. In light of low cost Tiger Airways having been grounded for 7 days by CASA and stranding thousands of passengers it would have been a PR blunder for the union to cause any further travel disruption.

2nd July 2011 - VH-OJS QF63 Perth diversion.

With ash present on the Southern route to Johannesburg QF63 Sydney - Johannesburg operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS diverted via Perth for fuel.

1st July 2011 - VH-OGB now N362CM.

Withdrawn Boeing 767-338ER VH-OGB remains at the QANTAS JetBase in Sydney but is now devoid of QANTAS titles and logos and is wearing the registration N362CM.

1st July 2011 - VH-OJT QF63 Perth diversion.

With ash present on the Southern route to Johannesburg QF63 Sydney - Johannesburg operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJT diverted via Perth for fuel.

1st July 2011 - New Zealand Cancellations .

Auckland services ran as normal with Wellington services commencing in the afternoon. Cancelled trans-Tasman services were:

QF37 Melbourne - Wellington.

QF45 Sydney - Christchurch.

QF46 Christchurch - Sydney.

QF47 Sydney - Wellington.

QF118 Wellington - Sydney.

1st July 2011 - Sydney cancellations.

There were numerous Domestic delays at Sydney today and the following flights were cancelled.

QF449 Sydney - Melbourne.

QF456 Melbourne - Sydney.

QF462 Melbourne - Sydney.

QF1427 Sydney - Canberra.

QF1428 Canberra - Sydney.

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19th July 2011 - VH-OEJ Returns.

Boeing 747-438ER returned from maintenance at Avalon to Sydney as QF6196 today immediately re-entering service as QF107 Sydney - Los Angeles. VH-OEJ had been at Avalon since 30th May undergoing a D Check. As there is no paint shop at Avalon it has returned in the existing Wanula Dreaming livery.

18th July 2011 - VH-OJN QF63 V-Pod Operation.

QF63 Sydney - Johannesburg was operated as Sydney - Perth - Johannesburg today operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJN carrying a fifth engine as a V-Pod operation. The V-Pod is a fifth pylon under the left wing allowing a fifth engine to be carried. The engine is for VH-OJL which returned to Johannesburg whilst operating QF64 to Sydney on 15th July.

18th July 2011 - VH-OEF QF8 Auckland Diversion.

QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth - Brisbane (depart Dallas-Fort Worth 16th July) operated by Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEF routed Dallas-Fort Worth - Auckland - Brisbane. This routing was planned before departure from Dallas-Fort Worth due to headwinds en route. It is unclear why Auckland was chosen over Nadi or Noumea as the alternate airport.

17th July 2011 - VH-OEH QF8 Noumea Diversion.

Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEH operating QF8 Dallas-Fort Worth - Brisbane (depart Dallas-Fort Worth 15th July) diverted to Noumea for fuel today. The westbound route is on the limits of the performance of the 747-400ER and strong headwinds can make the fuel stop necessary. Since the service commenced on 16th May this is the second occasion when a stop in Noumea has been required.

16th July 2011 - QF29 Delay.

With two Boeing 747-400s out of position due to the VH-OJL engine incident and VH-OJU heading to South Africa to operate the delayed flight tonight’s QF29 Melbourne - Hong Kong - London Heathrow is delayed until tomorrow morning and will be operated by VH-OJG turning straight around off the arriving QF30 from London. On arrival in London on the night of 17th VH-OJG will again have to turn straight around to operate QF2.

15th July 2011 - VH-OJL QF64 Engine Failure.

Reports from South African state that QF64 operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJL has suffered a failure to the #3 engine and returned to Johannesburg. The flight was carrying the Springboks Rugby Team for the World Cup in New Zealand and is therefore receiving big coverage in South Africa. The flight is due to depart at 2300 on 16th July with VH-OJU having been despatched from Sydney to Johannesburg as QF6020 in order to operate the flight.

15th July 2011 - VH-OJP QF30 Sydney diversion.

QF30 London Heathrow - Hong Kong - Melbourne (depart London 13th July) operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJP diverted via Sydney this morning.

13th July 2011 - VH-OEF QF18 set for Auckland diversion but operates Direct.

QF18 Buenos Aires - Sydney operated by Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEF was scheduled to fuel stop in Auckland but improving winds and ash dispersal enabled the aircraft to operate direct.


11th July 2011 - Boeing 737-800 VH-VZO arrives.

Boeing 737-838 VH-VZO arrived into Melbourne this evening on delivery as QF6024. The aircraft routed Boeing Field - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne with an overnight stop in Honolulu.

11th July 2011 - VH-OEH QF18 Papeete Diversion.

QF18 Buenos Aires - Sydney operated by Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEH was delayed and operated via Tahiti meaning arrival in Sydney on Wednesday 13th rather than Tuesday 12th July. There are lingering ash issues on the South Pacific track.

11th July 2011 - QANTAS Pilots vote to strike.

Members of the Australian and International Pilots Association have voted to take Industrial Action in a dispute concerning pay and conditions.

AIPA President Barry Jackson claimed QANTAS plans to shift operations to Asia and begin mass outsourcing of labour as the key to the dispute. 94% of voting union members voted in favour of action though it is not yet clear what action is proposed and when this might occur.